Three decades later, those words are still interesting to me because they demonstrate how important fairy tales have been in my life. Not just in terms of getting me into a good college, but in my career as a writer. What I find most interesting of all is that I’m not alone. Even after decades of positive feminist progress, fairy tales still resonate with women. Want proof? Just look at the shelves of your local bookstore.
If you ask me, fairy tales are early romance novels. Think about it. What is an underlying theme in so many of these stories? Love. It’s love that saves the prince from the curse. It’s love that drives him to rescue the princess from danger. Love that brings the happy ending. (Purists and literary scholars will, I’m sure, dispute this theory, but I’m not a literary scholar; I’m a romance novelist and I was raised on Walt Disney movies. I find love everywhere.)
|Audrey Hepburn as My Fair Lady
A life-long Yankee, Barbara lives in New England with her husband, their teenage son, and three very spoiled pets.
For hotshot lawyer Mike Templeton, success is nonnegotiable. So when actress-turned-waitress Roxy O’Brien rocks his Manhattan office with a scandalous inheritance claim that could save his new legal practice, he can’t refuse the challenge. But first he has to “smooth out the rough edges.”One uptown makeover later, Roxy feels every inch the beautiful New York heiress—and, judging by the heat in Mike’s eyes, he agrees! But when their professional relationship becomes a little too personal, suddenly it’s not just her future at stake—it’s her heart….
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